Saturday, May 13, 2017

Subway Robbed At Gunpoint Early Saturday; Summery Street Fights And General Mayhem Return For 2017


A gunman robbed the Subway restaurant at 3952 North Sheridan overnight--and took a moment to rob the overnight worker, too.

The offender entered the store around 2:45 a.m., pulled out a handgun, took the store's cash and then demanded the female clerk's iPhone, too.

It all took place just a few steps south of the Sheridan Red Line station.

Police describe the offender as a heavyset white man who was wearing a black hoodie, a black hat, a black coat, and black jeans.

A Taste Of Summer

Saturday's early morning hours produced the first taste of summery crime volume that is surely coming our way with warmer weather.

Among the activities that will become more commonplace:

"Yoots" of another era | L.A. Taco
- Street fights on Boystown's Halsted bar strip, particularly around the intersections of Halsted/Cornelia and Halsted/Aldine.

Police spent much of the 3 a.m. hour clearing those up this morning. Similar fights and wandering groups of battling "yoots" have been reported with increasing frequency this month.

Back on May 1, a pretty typical summer street mess erupted outside of Hydrate, a 4 a.m.-licensed bar at 3458 North Halsted.

In that case, arriving officers twice called for additional units to help break up the debacle, which one cop described as "a large group....with [multiple] batteries in progress, people running around, we got everything."

It took officers 45 minutes to quell that one.

- Catalytic converter thefts. A witness managed to see one in progress near Addison and Janssen around 4 a.m. Saturday. The offender was driving a burnt orange-colored Dodge Challenger.

- Here's an interesting tale that came our way. A tactical unit that is ordinarily assigned to the West Side's rough'n'tumble Harrison District was assigned to patrol Clark Street in Wrigleyville from late Friday night until early Saturday.

The officers, who regularly work a more rugged part of town, twice asked if specific Clark Street addresses had been deemed "gang hot spots"--a formal designation that would allow the officers to disperse suspicious people who are loitering in the area.

Neither location had been officially designated a "hot spot," so the individuals were left to their own devices.

FWIW, no addresses within Wrigleyville or Boystown are designated "hot spots," even though several locations would surely qualify. Belmont and Sheffield comes to mind. So do a couple of places outside of Wrigleyville bars where drug deals are conducted openly.

Our understanding from multiple sources is that our local politicians previously refused to allow such designations in the touristy areas because it wouldn't look good.

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25 comments:

  1. Nothing but fluff on Tunney's FB page and impossible to add comments.
    Someone ought to take a large ad out in The Trib about the area being unsafe.

    I remember when Hydrate was Manhole, rather sleezy and dirty, but in an era that the worst problem was the tobacco smoke.

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    1. A full-page ad in the Trib is actually a pretty good idea!

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    2. What would an ad cost ? Is there enough in the cookie jar for this ?
      It would have to be "lawyered" so as not to be sued for libel or slander.

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    3. What about the billboard some folks were talking about in the past? I'd gladly contribute to that.

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    4. I would contribute as well! Without hesitation!

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  2. Belmont and Sheffield should most definitely be considered a "hot spot” for enforcement of the gang loitering ordinance. I've seen multiple drug deals and have been offered cocaine all in the last month in early evening hours. Gangs or not we need proactive policing in the area. Guess I'll have to get some cell phone video as that seems to be the only thing to garner attention these days. Get with it CPD so officers can actually police instead of having to wait for crime to fall in thier lap.

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    1. Call CPD give an accurate description, don't call as anonynomous and provide a cell phone number so CPD can call you back and you have to be willing to ID the drug dealer. I know most people don't want to be so involved but this is what Chicago citizens have asked for and apparently have voted for in recent elections.

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    2. Whip out your cell phone to get video and you may not have a phone shortly after

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    3. I used to work at a bar on Clark and had pictures of a guy doing coke deals right on the steet and would openly walk around soliciting coke and weed. I told the local foot cops abd they told me to email the pics to the dept.'s web address. Really?? Okay, so I do that. Pics of a coke deal with said cocaine in plain sight, suspect as clear as can be with my statement of how I often see this pos selling right on the street and I never get a call or response. I support the police but wtf. Throw a rookie on it for a felony pinch. Easy bust. 25th district is impotent.

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    4. The drug dealers are here because of the many buyers, many of them locals. You can't have it both ways calling the buyers, because they are nice white boys or girls, poor souls suffering from the disease of addiction and the seller whom they draw here in droves criminals. All of them are criminals and all both buyer and seller should be arrested, then we will win back or community.

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  3. Grand Opening, Grand Closing.

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  4. The only "Hot Spot" Tunney will acknowledge is the space around the oven when his cinnamon buns are baking.

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  5. Ya think those extra patrols on Clark St were due to the fancy craft beer and cuisine event at Park on Wrigley? Hmmm

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  6. Area North tactical units days off are cancelled every Friday and Saturday to sit and keep the morons on Clark and on Halsted in line congrats goofs you are now costing tax payers large amounts in overtime

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  7. How come the Subway is open at 2:45 a.m. Does it get business that time of night? I will tell you what's going to happen in the near future: KIOSKS with already prepared sandwiches that people have to pay for with a credit card. We won't have late night restaurants anymore if this keeps up.
    Curious, did the subway have surveillance cameras.
    I was at Wilson/Broadway and notice those Korean stores are posting signs: No hoodies no hats. When you enter, you have to take off all head gear. Surprised that the small store owners don't follow their lead.

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    1. I'm sure their bean counters know whether it's feasible to be open at that hour of the night. Obviously the one on Belmont determined it's lucrative.

      Maybe a coincidence but I did post that Starbucks on Belmont/Clark is exacerbating the problems around there by being open 24 hours as there is really no need for it. Shortly afterward they shortened their hours of operation.

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    2. Nookies Tree on Halsted used to be open 24-7 from Thursday through Sunday. Then they scaled it back to 7am-11pm. A year ago it went 7am-3pm because too many idiots were causing problems in the evening and workers felt less-than-safe coming and going to work in the nighttime hours. Now I'm hearing they're closing down for good. Thanks, thugs, for ruining it for the rest of law-abiding citizens and residents of the neighborhood.

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    3. (And it used to be called just "Nookies" there were no "trees" involved back then. Adding a trademark after the word Sidetrack or them creating a legal entity aka "Side-by-side Inc., or using the word "gym" in the description of Steamworks doesn't change anything. The results are always still the same. You can get a "red hot" in Chicago too....it's a hot dog. Or a "garden apartment"...which is a basement).

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    4. (And it used to be called just "Nookies" there were no "trees" involved back then.)

      It's always been Nookies Tree. It was the third location of the family's restaurants. There's Nookies. Nookies Too. And Nookies Tree. There's now a fourth without the pun-ny name.

      But most people just call it Nookies.

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    5. If Nookies closes, it would serve Fuckhead Tunney's purposes just fine - less competition for Ann Sathers. He'd be happy if Melrose and Stella's shut down too.

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  8. Belmont/Sheffield use to be a Hot Spot. When the districts got consolidated, it was removed and never reapplied for.

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  9. Take me back to the good old days of the 80's when we had wonderful places like Showcase One, Windy City Bar and Grill, Normandy and Christopher Street and never worried about violence! The only drama we faced was using someone else eyeliner! LOL

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    1. And better music. And at least there were some guys that actually looked like....guys. Some acted like one too.

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  10. Stop buying drugs from the gangs
    They are not hanging around for no reason. Stop harassing decent black people. Every body black is not selling drugs.

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